DIY Table Top Wall Clock

DIY Table Top Wall Clock

I have always wanted a large, rustic looking wall clock.  I am drawn to them.  I walk directly to them when I go to Hobby Lobby.  A while back I grabbed this round table from a thrift store.


I tried my hand at using milk paint and failed!  The paint was chipping off and looked really bad.  I saw a tutorial on Myvintageporch for a DIY wall clock and was inspired. Her style is so pretty and her clock turned out beautiful.

To get started I took the legs off and used a pry bar to remove the leg support from the underside of the table top.

Then I scraped off as much of the paint that I could.  I also used my mouse sander on the whole top. I wasn’t too worried about getting it perfect because the look that I was going for was old and chippy looking. I found the center of the clock and drilled a hole for the clock mechanism the go through.

After that was done I painted it with Kilz chalk paint.  I got mine at Walmart. I know that you can easily make your own chalk paint, but I was in a lazy mood that day and just didn’t want to deal with it!

I did about 3 coats and then had the idea to give it a faux shiplap look.  I used a 2X4 to draw lines, then I adjusted my hand saw so that there was barely any blade in order to make shallow grooves.  This gave it a neat look that I love.

After that, I really roughed it up with sand paper.  I did it by hand instead of using the power sander because it was easier to achieve the worn look that I was going for.

I ordered these 6″ Roman Numerals.

They were such a great deal for $20 for all 12!  I love how rusty and old they look.

I used this adhesive to attach them. It worked like a charm!

After that was dry, I used hooks and wire on the back of the clock for hanging.  The table top is REALLY heavy, so I used heavy duty hooks that I screwed into the back and heavy duty wire.

Then I attached the mechanism by feeding the threaded shaft through the hole that I drilled and using the washer and nut to hold it in place.  (I didn’t take pictures of this…sorry). After that is done you attach the hands to the end of the shaft. I used these hands and clock mechanism from Tics and Tocs on Etsy. You have to be sure to measure the thickness of the table before you order the mechanism, because there needs to be enough of the threaded shaft sticking out the front.

I found the wall studs and attached 2 screws in order to hang this heavy clock.  I love how it turned out!  Let me know what you think.


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Published by tamiloecker

I live in Lawrence, KS with my husband and son Chad. I am a dental hygienist. We have a yellow lab named Beau.

7 comments on “DIY Table Top Wall Clock”

  1. Cecilia Gorman says:

    Tami, I love all your projects! Thank you so much for sharing them.

    1. tamiloecker says:

      Thank you Cecilia!

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  2. Stacey Balius says:

    I love it! I especially like the shiplap look. Great idea!

  3. Jim + Jenni Smith says:

    I love this….the transformation, the well detailed process and above all else….YOUR creative mind.

    1. tamiloecker says:

      Thank you!

  4. Ruth Kingery says:

    You have such patience in completing your projects! My clock repair project is still waiting to be done!

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